Falcon FK-2002

Falcon FK-2002

Nodosa delivers Falcon for Falklands

At the centre of the renewal of the Vigo-based fleet operating in Falkland Islands waters, Nodosa’s latest delivery is Falcon, built for a Falklands/Spanish joint venture, delivered at the beginning of 2021.

Designed by the Nodosa yard’s own naval architects in co-operation with the Stanley-registered Falcon’s owners, the new trawler has a 75 metres overall length with a 14 metre beam, and measures slightly under 2000gt to comply with regulations applying to Falklands waters where tonnage is a key licensing consideration.

The Nodosa Shipyard at Marín in Spain has become a leader in developing new vessels for Falklands fisheries, including longliner CFL Hunter, built for Consolidated, and several new trawlers for the squid fishery.

Falcon is the latest new trawler for the Falklands squid fishery. Image: Nodosa / El Falcon es el último arrastrero nuevo para la pesquería del calamar de las Islas

Built to replace an elderly trawler with several decades of service behind it, Falcon’s owners went to Nodosa looking to bring new technology into their operations, as well as optimising energy efficiency, catch handling and quality, and providing the crew of up to seventy with a safe and comfortable working and living space on board a modern trawler.

Falcon’s long trawl deck is laid out with twin full-length trawl lanes, with the main trawl winches mounted above the trawl deck to provide a clear working space on deck. Julio & Luis Carral supplied Falcon’s complete electric deck machinery installation, with a pair of MS5/R8/1 water-cooled main winched powered by 450kW motors, and managed with an autotrawl computer.

The four sweepline winches at the head of the full-length trawl deck / Los cuatro cabrestantes de la línea de arrastre en la cabeza de la cubierta de arrastre completa

At the head of the deck is a row of four CHM/R/53-20 sweepline winches with 250kW motors. In addition, there are pairs of 132kW gilsons and codend winches, two 11kW outhaul winches and four 11kW backstrop lifts. The only hydraulic equipment is the four auxiliary winches. J&L Carral also supplied the two anchor winches on the foredeck.

Cranes are one M330-24A and a pair of M660-24A units from Guerra.

The trawl deck is left clear with the winches mounted above / La cubierta de arrastre se deja libre con los cabrestantes montados arriba

Catches are dropped through the hatch at the stern into holding pounds before going to the factory deck for processing, where Falcon has a 121 tonne per day freezing capacity. Frozen production is stored in the 1715m3 fishroom. Refrigeration is supplied by the bank of four 200kW Mycom 200VLD compressors.

Falcon’s main engine is a 5220kW Wärtsilä 9L32, driving a four-bladed, 4000mm diameter Schottel CP propeller via a Reintjes SVAL 850-66 reduction gearbox, with a pair of 2500kW Marelli shaft generators. The power combination provides a 16 knot top speed and an 80-tonne bollard pull.

The genset is also from Wärtsilä and is an 1800kW 9L20 unit, plus there is a 180kVa AGCO 74DTAG genset.

Additional manoeuvring ability is provided by the 400kW Schottel STT1FP bow thruster.

Tank capacities on board are for 569m3 of marine diesel and 85.57m3 of fresh water.

Falcon’s spacious wheelhouse is fitted out with mainly Furuno electronics.

The radars are two FAR-2228 X-band and one FAR-22385 S-band sets. The GP-170 GPS navigator, the SC-130 satellite compass, the DS-80 doppler set and the DS-840 speed log are all from Furuno, while the gyro compass is a Simrad GC80.

Echo sounders are an FE-800 navigation set, and Furuno’s heavyweight FCV-1900B fishfinding sounder.